Egyptologists uncover ‘lost golden city’ buried under the sands
The 3,000-year-old city was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings.
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Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient city in the desert outside Luxor that they say is the “largest” ever found in Egypt and dates back to the golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago.
The discovery of the ancient city, buried under sand for millennia, is said to be one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the “lost golden city” on Thursday, saying the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings.
“The Egyptian mission under Dr Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost under the sands,” the archaeology team said in a statement.
“The city is 3,000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay.”
Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, said the find was the “second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun”, according to the team’s statement.